AFL Update: Hitters Almost Done

The Surprise Saguaros, the team that Mets farmhands are playing on this year in the Arizona Fall League, have only  three games remaining. The Saguaros are one half game out of first, in the AFL West, behind the Peoria Javelinas if you’re looking for a little mid-November pennant chase.

While the AFL has a reputation as a crazy league for offense, it has not played that way this year with a collective batting line of .270/.351/.400 and 5.3 runs per game scored per team. AFL pitchers own a 4.55 ERA with a K/BB of 2 (1365 K/691 BB) in 1544.1 innings.

- CF Darrell Ceciliani has hit .258/.342/.348 in 66 AB over 18 games with four extra-base hits, nine walks and 13 strikeouts.  Ces

Cesar Puello has played both centerfield and rightfield and hit .250/.367/.267 with just one extra-base hit – a triple in 76 AB over 20 games. His on-base percentage has been sustained by seven hit-by-pitches to go along with his seven walks and 25 strikeouts. With four walks in his last six games, and all seven of his walks in his last 12 games, maybe the 21-year old is starting to become more patient at the plate. For his very brief AFL tenure, his 7.8% walk rate would be his in any domestic US league beginning with his Gulf Coast campaign four years ago. Now, he just needs to add some power in to go along with the walks. Actually, I think some of these walks will help arrest a slide down the rankings for Puello.

- In eight games, Danny Muno has hit .231/.394/.308 with two doubles, six walks and seven strikeouts. On the plus side, he’s walked a bunch. On the down side, it’s all he’s done. In the middle, it’s eight games. So there.

- Dustin Lawley has mostly played third, and hit .268/.286/.439 in 10 games with one walk and nine strikeouts to go along with four doubles and a homer.  The 23-year old is a nice organizational player who can handle third base or left field, or center in a pinch, but I don’t see a big future for him as he’ll start 2013 as a 24-year old in advanced-A.

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